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WEST Norfolk businesses are being encouraged to attend a seminar to help them find out about business opportunities within the public sector and how to make the most of them.

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has organised two seminars, Friday 25 May and Wednesday 30 May, at the council offices, King’s Court, Chapel Street, King’s Lynn.

The seminars will begin with a short presentation highlighting the best ways to find out about public sector contracts and tenders.

Then the council’s Procurement Officers will go through the the council’s procurement procedure, explaining how they work and will provide information about the sorts of contracts that have been let over the last few years.

The seminar will also include practical advice on how to complete Pre-Qualification Questionnaires to ensure that local businesses have the best possible chance to be considered for contracts.

Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “I know, because local business bosses tell me, that having the council as a customer is generally good business. But because we are spending tax payers money not only do we need to ensure that we get the very best value, we also have to abide by extra rules. That can make it daunting for small businesses when they are looking to provide us with goods or services.

“I would urge local businesses to come along to one of these seminars - it will be time well spent. Attendance won’t guarantee that local businesses will successfully win all the contracts we let, but it will mean that they will have a greater awareness of the opportunities that exist and will be in the best possible position to profit.

“I think that it is absolutely crucial that we support local businesses so that they in turn can help our local economy thrive. I look forward to seeing local businesses joining us for these seminars and joining in”

Each seminar lasts between 1 and 2 hours. Places on the seminars are limited, so early booking is advised. To book a place, please contact our Procurement Officers Tony Hague on 01553 616791 or Pete Mortlock on 01553 616795. Alternatively you can e-mail procurementtenders@west-norfolk.gov.uk

Further seminars will be organised depending on demand. To register your interest in a future seminar contact the Procurement Officers on the above number.